Entertainment Weekly’s annual “Entertainers of the Year” issue hits newsstands on Friday and gracing one of the four covers for the issue are the women of CRAZY RICH ASIANS: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, and Gemma Chan. From EW:

“Who needs the boys?” Constance Wu quips during EW’s female-fronted Entertainers of the Year photo shoot. “We don’t.”

She’s joking, but it’s true. In the Jon M. Chu-directed film, which changed the game for Asian representation in Hollywood with its all-Asian cast and contemporary setting, the women defy definition — and stereotype. Rachel (Wu) is no “China doll,” but rather a woman who learns to maneuver a seemingly impossible situation. Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh) is no conniving “dragon lady” or “tiger mom,” but a mother who has given up plenty to care for her son. Peik Lin (breakout star Awkwafina) delivers equal parts comic relief and emotional support, with one-liners to spare. Astrid (Gemma Chan), in a searing speech, refuses to be the timid wife who squirrels away her possessions so her husband can feel like a man. After all, who says a gilded culture-clash romance can’t also be a story about women discovering — or rediscovering — their power?

“I love the fact that all of the women are agents of change in their own lives,” Chan, 36, points out about the film’s quartet of heroines. “They’re not waiting to be rescued by anyone.” Adds Awkwafina, 30: “If you look at it, men almost do play a supporting role to the woman’s power.”

To read the full story, go to EW: Why the women of Crazy Rich Asians reign supreme in their groundbreaking rom-com

And also check out EW’s interview with fellow Asian “Entertainer of the Year’: Darren Criss.

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